Charles Miller in 1983 at St.Mary's FC
He was responsible for setting up the first ever proper organised football match in Brazil, between workers for the São Paulo Railway Company and the Gas Company of São Paulo, which the former won 4-2.
Within a decade, there were already over 60 football teams in São Paulo and crowds in the thousands watching the games. Miller himself was a player, referee and boardmember, responsible for introducing football to already existing sports team of São Paulo Athletic Club, which would some decades fold when they refused to turn professional. Throughout is life, he was also a representative of Royal Mail in Brazil, and vice-consul, and was also responsible for spreading Tennis in Brazil, as was presentin the founding of both the Liga Paulista de Foot-Ball, the first football league in Brazil,. He was also the one suggesting the name Corinthians to the well-known Brazilian football team.
Even today, the Rainbow Flick is called a "chaleira" in Brazil, named after Charles Miller.
Football at the São Paulo Railway Company didn't die out after that first game though. The workers of the company learnt how to play football from the English engineers at the company, and started their own team to play. Even though they were unable to formally create a football team, as football as a elite sport at the time, and they were a lowly worker team, there are records of a team existing as early as 1903. By 1914 they were playing in the amateur leagues of Santos, with a team made up of manual labourers mixed with engineers and directors. In 1919 they were finally able to officially form their own club, headquartered in São Paulo. It was the official birth of São Paulo Railway Athletic Club.
São Paulo Railway Company
The first time the team competed in an official competition was in 1924, in what was then the third level of football in São Paulo. During these first years, they played mostly on the second tier. In 1935, they were one of the founding members of the Federação Paulista de Futebol, which is still responsible for the organization of the State Championship, and played for the first time in the State's first division.
Crest evolution of Nacional
In 1946 the São Paulo Railway was nationalised, and without the company to back the team, the name of the team was changed to their current name of Nacional Atlético Clube, known as Naça, NAC, or Ferrinho ("Little Iron", from Ferroviário, meaning Railways). The club retained the colours red, white and blue as homage to its British heritage.
They were relegated to the second division of São Paulo football in 1953 and again in 1959. They'd only be able to go back to the top state league in 1974, but was relegated again, after which professional football ended, with the club focusing on their youth teams.
In later years the club made some attempts to revive professional football at the club. In 1994, the club won the third division of the state league of São Paulo and competed in the following year in the national third division, the Série C, but was eliminated there in the first stage. In 1998 the club competed again in the Série C, but once more was ousted in the first round.
In 2000, Nacional won the Campeonato Paulista Série A3 and also competed in the preliminary stages of the official national championship, in that year held as Copa João Havelange. Neverheless, Nacional was eliminated in the first stage. In the same decade the club also played 2005 and 2007 in the second state division. At the moment the team plays in the Campeonato Paulista - Série A3, the third level of state football.
Estádio Nicolau Alayon at near full capacity
Naça plays their games at Estádio Nicolau Alayon in the city of São Paulo, built in 1938, which seats 10 723 people and sits on the other side of the street to Palmeiras and São Paulo's Academies, and just half a mile away from Palmeiras' Allianz Arena.
Their biggest rivalry is against Juventus da Mooca, in what is known as the Juvenal Derby.
Murilo Antônio de Gama Kommander, known as Murilo Alemão (German Murilo) was a decent footballer, albeit a very unlucky one. Despite being a prolific striker in the lower levels of the São Paulo state league, playing for several teams of the capital, he never got the big break he thought he deserved - and had his career cut short at just 24 years old when a tough challenge during a game broke his leg in three places. After spending a few years training some youth and amateur teams from São Paulo, his big break came through as he gets appointed the new manager of Nacional for the 2016 season.